The Norwegian wilderness

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I went on a mountain trip with my good friend Bjørg this weekend. I took the friday off and went to Bjørg on thursday evening. She had to work that day, but had a home-office. Right after her husband came home at 16.15, we left for Trysil. Trysil is a municipality east in Norway, that borders to Sweden. It’s over two and a half hour drive north-east from Oslo. We borrowed a lovely cabin , which was lovely. It had everything we needed; comfy beds, a kitchen and livingroom in one and a bathroom with a shower and a sauna. There was also free internet and a tv there, but neither of that worked while we were there. We were a bit annoyed at first, but it didn’t take long before we forgot about it. We had music on my phone (Spotify) with portable speakers and board games, so we had all we needed.

Both days we cooked some awesome dishes. First evening with had a beef with creamy potatoes and mushrooms and the second day we had a lovely stew with rice and white bread. The stew contained beef, vegetables and mushrooms and was so, so good. Since we were away for a weekend, we allowed us to indulged in lovely food. Our ‘desert’ was chips and chocolate.

The weather wasn’t great. Saturday morning started with heavy raining, but that didn’t stop us–we were determined to go out in the wilderness. We had been recommended a place to start our walk, but after a little forth and back, we ended up going someplace else. I’m not sorry about that, because we ended up some place lovely. It rained a little bit when we got out of the car, but we were lucky–it didn’t rain for too long.

With us on the trip, we had lovely food (bread with eggs, cheese and ham), chocolate, biscuits and water to drink. I also brought my camera with me. To my BIG disappointment, I had almost no battery left. I charged it before I left home on thursday and I only used it a little bit before saturday. I think I might have forgotten to turn it off and must have caused the battery to be almost dead. So I only got a few photos with my Canon, the rest of my photos was made with my phone. This proofs I need an extra battery for my camera I can bring, so this won’t happen again.

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Norwegians are quite reserved. You hardly see people who doesn’t know each other, talk to each other. If you sit on the subway and some stranger starts talking to you, lots of people will wonder why on earth they are talking to you. When people get out in the wilderness (forrest, mountains etc), they totally change personality. People always greets other people they meet along the way and they even engage in conversations. This weekend, I’ve never greeted that many strangers in such a short timespan before.

I wonder why it is like this. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but I can’t say I’ve come to any conclution.

Whatever the reason is, I enjoy greeting people when I’m out in the wilderness. It puts me in a good mood. We’re sort of one big happy family.

I hope to go on trip like this sometime soon.

 

Travelling

221213- 004sI went home to my parents house today–to do some christmas preparations, like baking and going out to find a Christmas tree. On my way home I took some photos. There wasn’t much time to photograph, so I only got to photograph the train stations I visited. I’m not complaining, because photographing train stations are fun.

Enjoy one of the last posts of 2013.

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Magical Stockholm

290713- 115sStockholm, oh Stockholm. I just love that city. I instantly fell in love with it the first time I visited it 6 years ago. Only this year I got to visit it again, not a day too soon. Stockholm isn’t as small and cosy as say Gothenburg and not so down-to-earth. Gothenburg is where the averge Swede lives. I feel like lots of the people in Stockholm is a bit above the average. Stockholm is a city I would take weekendtrips to, but Gothenburg is a city I could see myself live in.  I don’t mean anything negative about this, because I love Stockholm so much. There is something magical about Stockholm. Something that is hard to explain what actually is. It just feels so close to my heart.

In the end of July I went to Stockholm with my dear friend Linda and a bunch of other people. We were going to see Gylne Tider (Per Gessle from Roxette’s other band). Most people stayed in cabins outside Stockholm, but Linda and I wanted to spend all our time in the city. We came for the concert of course, but we also came for the shopping, the restaurants and everything that Stockholm has to offer.

Last time I was in Stockholm, I stayed for five days and did all the touristy things you can do in Stockholm (visit the Old Town, go to several museums, visit the tivoly Grøna Lund, take a boat trip in Djurgården, visit Skansen and its aquariums and lots more). This time we only where in town for a few days, coming friday morning and leaving sunday evening. Most of our time were spend the Old Town, which is very beautiful!

There wasn’t much time to pay too much attention into photographing, but I did get some photos taken. Here is some bits and bobs from Stockholm.

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Bikes in Gothenburg pt. I

140713- 004sThe photo above shows the first bike that attracted me after arriving Gothenburg. I spotted it just as we left the Central Station upon our arrival. That tiny little purse caught my attention and I knew I had to photograph it.

There was many more awesome bikes around Gothenburg. I had to stop quite often to photograph them and I think my friend more than once thought ‘oh, here we go again, stopping beside a bike’. When you’re on vacation with me, you got to be prepared to stop a lot when I got a camera around my neck / in my hand. Yes, I looked like a real (Japanese) tourist with my camera around my neck all the time. Taking my camera out of my purse every time I saw something worth photographing, would be too exhausting. It’s better to place it around your neck and pay attention to it so no one tries to steal it. Well, Gothenburg is not a metropolis like other big cities (London, New York, Paris etc), so I wasn’t so worried.

Well, back to the bikes. I saw a lot of them and photographed all the cool ones. That resulted in a lot of photographs. So many that I think it’s best to split it in two. Don’t want you guys to get a bike-overdose, do I?

Enjoy the bikes of Gothenburg, part one.

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Trägårdsföreningen

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I’ve been to Sweden a couple of times this summer. My Dutch friend Chantal visited me and we went on a 4 day trip to Gothenburg. We took the train, it took 4 hours. I had booked us a room at a lovely boat hotel, a tiny bit outside the city center, but close to the central station.

On the second day in Gothenburg, we visited Trägårdsföreningen. It’s a park full of flowers, trees, a lovely cafe, a big restaurant with an outdoor area and green grass big enough to host conerts. We saw them build a stage, so I think a concert was just around the corner. As you can see, the sun was shining and it was a lovely summer day. All the different flowers / plants were amazing. I love walking in gardens like this one.

On  our last day in Gothenburg we had to leave the hotel before noon. The train didn’t leave before 18.00, so we had quite some time to kill. We decided to spend the hours in the park, since we had our luggage with us and didn’t want to walk around with it. And after all, it was sunday, so not many shops were open and we didn’t want to spend much money. We spent the hours sitting in the park, reading, watching people going by us rating their outfits (socks in sandals is a BIG NO NO!) and eating a lovely lunch at the cafe. Chantie had a lovely salad and I had a yummy ham/cheese sandwich.

We took lots of photos in the garden. At least I did. Here are the photos I liked the most.

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There will come more photos from Sweden and Gothenburg later. Hopefully I’ll be able to share some in a few days.

Exploring London

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While being in London in May, I took a lot of photos. So far you’ve seen photos from the London Eye and Hyde Park. I also took photos while we visited spesific areas like Covent Garden, Chinatown and Camden and just random places we went to. When photographing I wanted to capture some of the essensial things about London / England, so I took some photos near Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, but I also just captured random things.

I would have to divide this into two posts, just because there is quite some photos I want to show you. Here are the first batch:

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More photos are comming soon. Stay tuned for more London! :)

 

 

A walk in Hyde Park

070613- 362textOn our last day in London, we had to be out of the apartment hotel at 11.00. Since there were no reception, there wasn’t any place to store our suitcases – we had to bring them with us. Walking around with our suitcases wasn’t very practical, so we decided to do something easy. We went to Hyde Park to spend our last hours in London there.

Hyde Park is a huge and pretty park. I wish the weather would’ve been a bit better so we could’ve enjoyed it even more than we did. If we had more time and hadn’t our suitcases with us, we would’ve rented a boat and taken a trip on the (artificial) lake (the Serpentine).

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Up in the air

190513- 001stextWhen I’m out flying, the worst thing is to be placed in the middle seat. Especially if I’m flying solo. I always hope for the window seat so I can watch the sky, clouds and earth as the airplane flies from one destination to another. I never pay extra to reserve seats in advance though. It costs too much in my opinion and it’s not worth the money. When I get my boardingcard it’s always a bit exciting to see what seats I’ve got.

If the weather is good, I always bring out my camera and take some photos. I love the cotten-like clouds, even more when the sun shines on them.

On my travellings this year I’ve been blessed with the window seat a couple of times. There has also been sunny weather. That has resulted in the photos below. New this year, is that I’ve also managed to photograph the ground (fields, islands, houses, lakes etc). The three last photos is from the Norwegian coastline, the east coast.

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